Kofuku-ji Temple

Kofuku-ji Temple, Nara

Kofuku-ji Temple
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Siddharth B
Seattle, WA546 contributions
Sep 2019
Kofukuji temple is a beautiful building with multiple side pagodas- amongst the tallest in Japan- but I’d say it’s not worth paying 500 yen per head entrance fee to just see the big monument up close. It’s a small square with a central view of the building and it’s a very steep entrance fee for that. You can't enter the actual building and photos are restricted.

The overall complex is very nice as such, with deers gracing the temple too getting nice views of pagodas with cute animals. It’s a very small walk from Kinetsu-Nara station so you can start your day from here, head through deer park to catch a bus for Kasuga Taisha.
Written January 8, 2020
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Harald Gracholski
Cologne, Germany6,786 contributions
Nov 2019
The five storied pagoda is a quick walk (10-15min.) distance from the train station and depending on which route you take, probably the first milestone you will encounter in Nara. It could be described as a tasty appetizer for what's to come, as Nara Park and the surrounding temples and shrines offer much more from where this came from.
Very worthwhile and photogenic place!
Written May 28, 2020
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Emma C
Oxford, UK2,240 contributions
Nov 2019 • Solo
I really like it here. Along with buddhas I am very drawn to pagodas and Kofuku-Ji has some wonderful examples including the 2nd tallest one in Japan, along with a lovely atmosphere.

Due to time constraints I didn't make it to the National Treasure Museum, but I did spend quality time wandering around. There were quite a few people here, but it was easy to find a quiet spot to just enjoy the moment. I like the corner filled with Jizo...just lovely.

I'd really recommend coming here. I did on my way back to JR Nara after walking through the park and seeing the big buddha.
Written January 9, 2020
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viaggioSensoriale
Cesena, Italy1,210 contributions
Jul 2019 • Friends
Walking through this temple complex is almost like living a Miyazaki story, walking timelessly between free deer and pagodas, just free your mind and enjoy it!
Written February 9, 2020
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rajupras
Singapore, Singapore72 contributions
Jul 2016 • Family
See the pagoda from outside and don't bother taking a ticket to see the Buddha. For one, a place of worship should be accessible to the poorest of the poor. Sadly, this is not the case with the temples of Nara. All of the ones I went to had a minimu fee of 300 yen, including this one. Luckily, I did not buy the museum pass. Was very disappointed to see that it has only one large Buddha with some attendants . Felt cheated out of my money. But got conned in another place where I got the combo pass and then realised that there is too little to see. They have split up the treasues into many museums so that they can charge entry tickets at each and every one of them. Stay smart. Don't part with your money. See only those that come free. They are often the best.
Written July 9, 2016
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Charles J
Glasgow, UK555 contributions
Nov 2019
From the moment you climb the steps, Kofuku-ji presents you with an array of fine temple buildings. It may be the first temple you visit in Nara. Hard to miss...you wouldn't want to miss it. A very handsome sight.
Written December 2, 2019
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Damien-and-Sonia
Sydney, Australia127 contributions
Jul 2019
That title may sound a little daunting however visiting all the Nara temples you can on foot, is a trek. Kofuki-Ji Temple will be the first complex you come across as you wander up from Nara station. It’s off to the left and slightly higher than Sanjuana Doris St. it’s propabaly going to be the first place you meet the famous Nara deer. Kofuku-Ji is actually a complex of Budist temples and pagodas, including the 5 storied pagoda. The main shrine, or Golden Hall, is rather large, spectacular and very photogenic and there is a raised section of former temple floor where you can get great pictures. If you’re spending two or more days in Nara to view the temples, and shrines, take your time to I inspect the complex including the antiquities museum, otherwise, like us, you will need to keep moving up through the middle towards Nara Park. The complex itself is on level ground and wheelchair accessible so easy for disabled and elderly to move around. For those with reduced mobility coming from the station, you may want to use a taxi or other transport to the temple complex.
Now, we got there early and the crowd wasn’t large but it was building, being fed by walkers from the station and bus tours parked at Nara Park. There some vending machines tucked in near the mentioned former temple floor, and a souvenir shop for those shrine and temple must-haves, although you will find it’s the temple and shrine shops that must have all the same souvenirs! Still, the little charms are very decorative and make great gifts, not to mention they bring good luck to the recipient.
After a drink and a pat of a deer, one of only two we found that wasn’t food motivated, we moved off on leg two of the trek and up into Nara Park proper.

Tips for this temple are pretty simple. Respect the proper etiquette for temples, watch out for the deer and wear sunscreen. If you’re there about lunchtime and have some to eat, there’s some pleasant spots overlooking the pond across Sanjo-Dori st.
Remember, this is temple one of many and if you going further, you may want to limit your time here.

Thanks for reading our first review in what will probably become the Nara Temple Trek series! If it helped you, please let us know with hit on the helpful vote button and have fun!
Written August 25, 2019
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Liz T
Vancouver, Canada342 contributions
Jul 2014 • Family
The staffer at the Nara tourist information office told us to go to the park below the temple to take a photo of the 5 story pagoda. We crossed the street and went to the park with the large pond. On opposite side of the pond, we looked up and found a great angle to take photo of the pagoda with its reflection in the pond. It was worth the short walk thanks to suggestion made by the tourist info office.
Written July 21, 2014
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Eva L
Jakarta, Indonesia50 contributions
May 2013
Went to Nara from Osaka and spent a day there, it's very much worthed. Even during train trip from Osaka, we saw beautiful green forest and landscape. So many traditional houses along the way. Reached JR Nara, then took 20 min walk to this temple. A lot of restaurant along the walk path, also many souvenirs stores. Got to the temple area, we took the stairs up and saw beautiful stunning Pagoda. Should come to Nara and experienced another good side of Japan.
Written May 4, 2013
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lluviaxlluvia
Zurich, Switzerland339 contributions
Jul 2012 • Couples
UNESCO World Heritage site within Nara Park.
A beautiful pagoda and very photogenic. Is closer to the train station than the other attractions of Nara, so enjoy the breath, to appreciate this history and beauty of Japanese architecture. Important take a "souvenir" of the place, it helps the monks to keep these sacred places.
Written October 9, 2012
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